Review: Toy Soldiers HD


Try not to catch a blighty

It’s a bit of a pet peeve for me when a remaster of a game that was originally in HD is suffixed with “HD”. It doesn’t mean anything to me. Toy soldiers HD is particularly strange and upsetting to me because in 2016 we had Toy soldiers completed, which was a combination of Toy soldiers and Miniature Soldiers: Cold War. So upon entering I had no idea what to expect from this remaster. Was it going to be different? Have there been any additions?

It’s actually a bit of a give and take, but in the end, Toy soldiers HD stands out enough to justify its existence.

Toy Soldiers Artillery HD

Toy soldiers HD (PC [reviewed], Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One)
Developer: Signal Games, Outer Heaven, Eden Industries
Editor: Accelerate Games
Released: October 21, 2021
MSRP: $ 29.99

World War I was a horrible and unnecessary war. Empires fell, borders were redrawn, millions of people died. And why? We could therefore go back to it for a recall twenty years later.

A major problem was the use of 19th century tactics with new 20th century technology. Everyone had brought out their new toys and were quickly trying to figure out how to use them. So the war was slow, and everyone on the Western Front stood in the mud, waiting their turn to rush machine guns and artillery through razor wire.

Maybe that’s why Toy soldiers HD decided to portray the absolute horrors of this war with the help of miniature dioramas. Because watching a person melt under the heat of a flamethrower is much less traumatic when it is made of metal.

If you don’t know the series, Toy soldiers HD is a tower defense game. You have one or more toy box entrances and you need to keep the Huns out. Unless you play as the Huns. To do this, you have the best equipment available in WWI: artillery, mortars, machine guns, flak and chemical weapons. Additionally, some missions provide you with tanks and planes for you to join the front line.

Waves of enemies line up to prey on your boys. The strategy is to anticipate what will follow and prepare for it. Artillery can strike from a distance, but groups of enemies can sometimes pass. Machine guns are mostly useless against vehicles, but essential for cavalry. Mortars are your best bet against vehicles, but you’d better lay them thick and upgrade them if you want to stop the Kaiser’s boys in their tracks.

You get cash for each kill and can claim bonuses if you go in and take control of your tools yourself. You can create combos by hitting groups of enemies with a single shell or by quickly mowing them down. It is important to decide where and when you spend your money. It can be tempting to push your artillery all the way to the top, but then a group of planes could be your downfall.

Toy Soldiers HD Aviation

Toy soldiers HD contains all levels of the original, plus the DLC The battle of the Kaiser and Invasion!. This would be the bare minimum of what you would expect, but to sweeten the deal, six new levels have been added as a bonus.

Is there something to do Toy soldiers HD come out? In fact, yes. The visuals have been retouched from a technical point of view, but above all, all levels have been microscopic and reworked. This means both a reconfiguration of the placement points and an overhaul of the terrain. Most. Some levels look quite the same to me, but others seem more detailed.

Likewise, it has been rebalanced. There are small and large location blocks, and previously you could only place one large or small weapon on top of the large ones. Now you are allowed to put four weapons on one of the larger foundations, allowing your strategies to be more flexible. Not a fan of artillery? Just drown them in mortar shells as they approach.

Other additions include the ability to drop general purpose barrages on enemies. It is a characteristic of Cold War, but here there is only one kind of dam and that’s okay I guess. It rains artillery around all enemies on the board and sometimes hits them.

You are also often provided with more tanks and planes. Since these are largely single-use vehicles, it helps to have a spare if Archie freezes your plane when you didn’t even know it was there. It also allows you to be more flexible in your use. You can take them out when you need some extra support, or when you’re just comfortable with the way the AI ​​handles your locations and want to ride with joy.

Toy Soldiers HD Incoming Wave

There are a few drawbacks. Co-op, which was available in Miniature Soldiers: Cold War and Toy soldiers completed, did not reach this version. Instead, you have adversarial multiplayer, which is really fun, but the formula just seems well suited for co-op. It’s a shame he’s been left behind.

For some reason, you can still unlock rations to accomplish special objectives in each level, but you can’t view them. At least I couldn’t find a way, and I specifically looked. In the original version, each ration had a short blurb on what they were, making sense of unusual names like Bully Beef and Hardtack. Maybe not a huge loss for some, but it somehow makes winning the rations seem a little pointless without it.


Other, Toy soldiers HD is probably the way you remember it. There are a few noticeable changes, but nothing revitalizing. contrary to Toy Soldiers Complete’s tendency to just put new mechanics in the old game where they didn’t necessarily match, Toy soldiers HD feels true to the original experience. It’s a weirdly light take on a nightmare war, but not one that makes it seem like it’s basically throwing the story away.

More probably could have been done with the remaster. For example, Cold war soldiers could have been packed with. Maybe not stuck together like Toy soldiers completed, but at least available next door.

For your $ 30 you basically get a touch up Toy soldiers. I loved Toy soldiers, I think it’s a fantastic game. I’m glad they took the time to make the battlegrounds a bit more modern, but if I hadn’t gone back to check out the original game, I might not have realized that something had been done of the game. all. So the real value for me is just being able to relive the game on new platforms or on PC without the nonsense of Games for Windows Live.

But really, that name. Toy soldiers HD? I’m just throwing that, but how about Toy Soldiers: Remodeled? No? That’s why they don’t let me name things.

[This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]

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